I have a Sony Vaio touchscreen computer. Sometimes the system crashes then does an automatic check disk then OS comes back up. This does it alot even after reloading Vista a few times. Besides software, what can I use to test the hard drive to see if its going bad?
Run crystaldiskinfo ( http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-... ). Unless it tends to happen mainly after the computer is on a long time (heat issue), it sounds more like an OS or driver issue, did it start after you loaded a program or windows update or has it been going on for a long time?
All I have is the recovery disk so hope that helps.
It should let you do a repair installation if you still have the recovery partition on your HDD that works with the recovery disk. Just restart with the recovery disk in your drive and select to boot from that disk.